tv [untitled] August 11, 2010 4:00am-4:30am PST
americans with disabilities act signed by then-president bush at the white house lawn 20 years ago today. so it is remarkable, those origins. is remarkable progress. it is remarkable the work that all of you have done. if you have ever watched, and maybe you do not want to, or maybe you had to -- i never good with notes. i have my own learning disability called dyslexia, so i cannot be very well, but i thought it was important to make susan's point, and then doing something that i never do, and that as i wrote some things down because i wanted to get some things right because i wanted to underscore what susan said about the last six-plus years. when i first became supervisor, some of you may know, i've posted -- hosted a little reception across the street, and i wanted to celebrate the fact that i had the privilege of a lifetime to represent the people of san francisco, and i was told i could not do it because i was at the green room across the
street, and apparently, it was not accessible, which is rather remarkable to me. because as a small business person, this same city hall major, appropriately, that when i open my small business, that it was accessible, only to find out when i came here that the same people that were telling, appropriately, small businessmen and women like myself what to do, they were not doing it themselves. i remember coming together and cobbling up a few bucks, and i said that it was ridiculous because the city came in and said it would take years. it's an historic structure, all kinds of issues. i said that's the same thing i hear business people say all the time, but we make them do the right thing. so if you cannot do it, city hall, i will do it myself. so i wrote a check, and we put that temporary ramp, which has been made a permanent ramp, that
is still there today, and made that chamber accessible. that is not to impress you but to impress upon you that i recognize that when we got here as a supervisor, we had a lot more to do that i could ever imagine. we worked to get more van taxis. we worked to focus on making sure the decision was made real. we worked to make sure there were more buses, signals, and the like, but when i became mayor, i had a little more leverage. here is just some of the things we have done just to highlight the point. we started with boating because there's no more principled thing there. in 2004, we made some progress, but just north of half of our polling places were accessible with accessible boating equipment. today, i'm proud to say, we are not 100%, but 95% of all the
polling places now are accessible with voting machines that people can use in private, which is good. [applause] we then stop at the war memorial building because in 2004, we had this great transition plan you all worked on. it looked good in writing, but we have not implemented that plan. there was only a negligible amount of progress. today, six years later, 80% of that plan is now complete. all city offices that provide services are now made accessible. all museums are now accessible. 9% of our community health clinics are now accessible. 14 brand new branch libraries accessible. nine more that are in progress will be made accessible appeared most modern accessibility of any new library system i know of in this country. i remember when willie brown went out there -- i will never
forget. we had a big celebration. we had our first playground that was made accessible, and that was big national news. now, we have over 80 playgrounds that are fully accessible. 28 clubhouses, 19 rec centers. that is real progress compared to where we were just a few years ago. still not good. we talked about olmstead, and susan was right to bring it up. it is appropriate. ihss and home support services at what is going on in the governor's budget. i do not want to get too partisan or political, but it is pretty unconscionable that it is even on the table, these kind of cuts, but then again, not surprising with all the other cuts that are on the table. but you do not have to worry about those ihss cuts locally. they were not even part of the discussion, and now with the budget for all our shortfalls and challenges, we did not even begin to enter into that process
to make sure we are providing the quality of care that people deserve with quality wages and quality benefits, so i just want to thank everyone for all their great work and stewardship and allowing people to live in places, live in dignity, which are the principles that bring us all here together, and it was the principle that brought us together to create that community living fund a few years ago. not everybody needs to be in an institution. as proud as we are of laguna honda, not everybody needs to be ad -- at laguna honda. we need to provide alternatives to skilled nursing services, but we had no funding and no framework. now, five years in a row, $3 million a year, we have been putting into this community living fund to allow people to transition back into the community or to stay in the community to live in dignity and live in place. i want to thank all of you for
that community living fund. it is a national model today. [applause] people forget emergency planning. susan never did. i remember we updated all our emergency operations plans. we have not met in eight years, and the emergency operations plan have not been updated in eight years, but there she was saying is great to update it, but make sure it is accessible. at the time, only three of them were accessible. that is a challenge. today, we have more than 75 accessible emergency disaster shelters, and 37 of them can be adapted and made acceptable. that is real progress. we had only one audible alert system. today, we now have an audible and visual alert system to alert sf. if you have not signed up for the text messaging and the benefits of alert sf, please, if
nothing else today, up. call 3114 information. again, national model. real progress has been made. this is good. it is all of their in real time. i want to thank everyone. two final things -- public right of way. i know we have had to be sued over and over again -- amen. sometimes you are happy to be sued because it gets you focused, realigns your values, so i'm acting like we were real leaders. you were the leaders holding our feet to the fire, but here's the good news -- 5100 new curb ramps in the last 100 years have been done, and we have all but doubled them. over 12,000 curve rams. i have to tell you -- seems like we're really fast tracking because i do not know if there is a corner in the city where we do not have some construction on a new curve ramp. i hope real progress is here,
and bevan dufty is here, and i know how committed he is. if we could acknowledge him and thank him for making us honest in all this. final three points because i know you are sick of me and we have a lot of speakers, but it is important to talk about because you are important to talk about. in addition to curb ramps, we only have one intersection that was accessible with those pedestrian signals. now, we can confidently say that we lead the nation with 116 intersections and growing every single day. please give yourselves a round of applause for that. it is always good to lead the way. we have more work to do, but we are making progress. transportation.
i know it is still not -- i get it. [laughter] man. i did that taxi task force. remember that one? a lot of you serve on that. i'm looking out here. we have increased by 20% the number of ramp taxis, and we went from a system of accessible buses a few years ago where there were only 409, and we have close to now doubled the number of accessible buses in our system, and that is good progress. again, we still have a lot more work to do. we had no digital voice announcements a few years ago. now, every single one -- they may not always be working, but every single one of our buses are now equipped with that technology, so good progress has been made there as well, and i hope you acknowledge that because we love to beat up that mta thatnat ford and the folks
over there at muni -- mta and nat ford. round of applause to those who get beaten up all the time. [applause] the final point. housing. it is a big issue. it is the toughest issue of all, affordable housing in the city. we build more affordable housing than any time in our history. last 24 months, things have slowed down. because of your work, we've modernized the codes and our requirements. or 3100 units -- over 3100 units are fully accessible or
adaptable. we have more under construction. this is an order of magnitude increase from where we were a decade of code -- ago. we have not forgotten our obligations on housing, transportation, right of ways, being prepared for emergencies, all the work we need to do, lead by example. until they kick me out, this will be a requirement. i know a lot of the board wants to get rid of me as mayor. i will not go until they make their chamber accessible to people with disabilities. that will be the final big effort we will engage in. [applause] thank you. keep up the good work. [applause] ♪
commissioners, the quorum is established. item number two, consent calendar. all items listed here under are considered to be routine by the small business commission and will be acted upon by a single will call vote. there will be no separate conversation unless a member so requests, at which time it will be considered as a separate item later in the meeting. the approval of the meeting minutes. explanatory documents. the, approval of the meeting minutes. c, approval of the june minutes, explanatory documents, the special meeting minutes. these are action items.
[ayes] >> for the past three years, i have had a candy store. i welcome the opportunity to be a part of the commission, and i hope i can learn some insight from the group. thanks. president yee riley: 50 p.m. welcomed. next item, please. clerk: this allows members of the public to vote mentioned things. general public comment. but they can suggest new agenda items for the commission's future consideration. president yee riley: any public
comment? seeing none, next item, please. clerk: item number four, a presentation of the small business commission said in its of honor recognizing a local small business as part of the small business recognition program. commissioner: commissioners, it is my distinct privilege and honor to give the small business recognition to the gallery and the owners, jeffrey frankel. this is a 30-year business that showcases photography and has been a pioneer for this effort. they have worked with many people, well recognized and pioneering cryptographers, but i have to say that this gallery came to my attention through
their community service work. there are saturdays for teenagers, at educating hundreds of area teenagers every year in the art of photography. their parents are welcome to come along, but i have to say that this work, introducing young people from the ages of about 11 through college, about art, photography, and connoisseurship is unprecedented, so i would like to read this. one of the partners in the gallery. would you come up? too serious about this. it has been a long day. i would like to read this because i think it expresses it very eloquently their contribution to the small business community in san francisco. on this night, august 9, 2010,
we are recognizing their contribution. they have presented over 300 exhibitions exploring photography and its relation to other arts. in addition, the gallery is also renowned for their exceptional catalogs, which spans generations of photography and art. by maintaining relationships with museums, private collectors, and others, this gallery provides visitors in san francisco and the general bay area an opportunity to view a diversity amount of work. the gallery exemplifies the energy that it brings to the arts community, and the small business commission is honored to recognize them for their over 30 years of service in the city and county of san francisco. so thank you very much.
[applause] >> thank you, janet, and think you, commissioners. this is very nice. we both individually moved here about 36 years ago or so, both of us having had a similar story. we have come here in teenagers and could not get it out of our system. we have a pretty funny business model, which is that our idea is to be there for people who come in, to look at photographs, to like them or not like them, and to a of other questions, so we are very honored. we could not do this anywhere else the way we could do in san francisco. just today, a visitor from canada talked about opening up the space in new york, also, and i said, no. it had entered our mind, yes, but we really did not feel the need to do what we do at the
level we do it. we work with colleagues in new york and paris and tokyo and switzerland, around the world, and thank you. we can think of no better place to be doing business. thank you very much. to show our thanks, we published a book from the 1840's, a photograph from the george from san francisco, and i brought copies for the commissioners. thank you very much. [applause] >> i would also just like to point out that right now, the frankel gallery is coasting to a show that is four galleries, three other galleries. i do not know how long the show runs. >> it is another two weeks, i guess. it ends one week from saturday, but was a way to outreach.
but >> commissioners, i am asking to call item no. 8 out of order, the director's report, so that -- there is a section of the director's report that i would like to have provided you, but i have not been able to attend the meetings so cannot speak to it, and the mayor is initiating a program to work on truancy, and our office is going to be working on the program, and so, i wanted to provide a briefing for you, but i have
been not able to attend the meetings, so i cannot, and christine is here to give us a presentation on it. >> great, thank you. commissioners, item eight, the commissioner's report, an update on the small business assistance center and small business, an update on programs and legislative matters to make announcements regarding small business activities. >> and i would just make one clarification. i am calling this one item not for the director's report, and then we will hear the rest of the director's report later in the meeting. >> thank you very much, commissioners. thank you very much for giving me the time to speak with you. mayor newsom is deputy chief of staff, and there are some issues of truancy, but we are now at a place where we would like to engage the business community and would like to bring this to all of your attention, and we have been working on this, and
we'll forward to your continued support. truancy and closing the graduation gap is one of the priorities. we began last school year with some great new programs that are involving the local school district and city agencies, and we would now like to broaden that effort to be bought community to make sure that we are really using the it takes a village concept to make sure that we're putting all of the resources that we have to work to make sure that the public school children are getting the best education they can and that there in the classroom getting that education. in that effort, we have now what is called the truancy abatements and to, which opened at the end of the school year and will be opening when school starts, and the idea there is to really have focused resources for students that are out of school, so if a police of this in our school comes across a person who is not in class, we can take them
there. there are counselors there, and they can be reintegrated into the school community in a meaningful and hopefully quick manner. what we're talking to all of you about is that we would like to bring this message to the merchants in the community and ask them to be partners with us, encouraging people to stay in so that they may have a friendly, supportive conversation with them, that they can put a logo in their window and a storefront to let students know that this is supportive of young people to make sure that they are getting their education. regina has been good enough to invite as to the meeting, where we would like to talk to them about our idea and make sure we're doing it in a way that we are comfortable with and gain their support. and if you would permit me, we would like to invite a couple of women who love been working on the project to show you the concept, the early stages of what we're thinking about in terms of the artwork.
>> thank you, christine. good evening, commissioners. my name is -- an item with the urban services y.m.c.a.. thank you, regina, for allowing us to present. we have been in the tour into business for over 12 years and have been pretty successful, but only with a particular community of san francisco, and now, with the mayor's efforts, we have the opportunity to offer our services city-wide, so we ran a successful pilot in may of this year that, again, we will expand city-wide, and this is called the.center. this is in the school district. parts of this is with urban services and the ymca. we do human service, and we'll be doing assessments of young people once the police of buses bring them in, or parents can bring them in, where you can
refer them to come to our center, as well. this is an example of some of the art work and we hope we can adorn in some of your businesses. valerie is our marketing consultants, who is helping us to put together these concepts, so this may be the poster that we have asked merchants to a door in their store, too, again, as she said, to encourage people to stay in school, and if they need resources to go back to school, to refer them to the center. if not the posters, she has also helped us to develop a sticker that may be along side your visa-mastercard.
this is to support the arts and their education. we would like to come back and provide more information, or we look forward to meeting with you to find out how we might incorporate small businesses and to our campaign to get the word out to young people and their families to further their education and stay in school. thank you. president yee riley: vice president clyde, you have something? vice president clyde: you have the address? >> yes, this is for the city and county of san francisco. we have counselors, again both
academic counselors. dot yes. -- yes. they keep for having this. >> and one thing i do want to add it is that as christine mentioned, and when we get back to our director's report, we are having a meeting with the merchants associations on wednesday, but i do know that at one point, the residence and the merchants association kind of work together on a concept like this. though not quite having the resources there, the concept of the village working together to support our kids. >> do you have a website or more information so we can share it we are in the process of developing that as part of our campaign.
the department of children services site, there will be links, and we will definitely be out there with the small businesses. president yee riley: thank you. we will return to the regular agenda. clerk: thank you, commissioners, so we will return to item no. 8. item number five, a discussion and possible action to make recommendations to the board of supervisors on board of supervisors by a number petc100. president yee riley: excuse me. since korea presenters for item number six, item speaking